Thursday, 9 May 2013

Mayday walk

Not too much exciting riding going on at the moment here; I'm just using the Triumph to commute into central London every day - actually, that can be quite exciting, what with dodging wayward pedestrians and cyclists and avoiding murderous white-van drivers......anyway, the Mayday weekend dawned bright sunny and warm, perfect riding weather. Unfortunately, I'd somehow promised LF I'd go for a walk along the river Thames tow path with her. Sunday morning we caught the train down to Windsor, which is a quaint little village with the queens' favourite castle towering over it. First thing spotted was this very nice Honda Valkyrie. We strolled along all afternoon watching the boats floating by and admiring the houses, big, small or modern they all looked great in the sun. After a mid-afternoon stop for lunch, and a brief stop off at Runnymede to examine the memorial marking the spot where infamous King John signed the Magna Carta all those centuries ago, we arrived at the town of Staines early evening, 8 miles from where we'd started, jumped on the train and went home. 


walk the plank to get on the narrowboat
who says you need a big boat to relax on the river?

Runnymede, memorial to the signing of the Magna Carta

Spring blosssoms

Windsor castle
 Monday morning was another blue sky day, so we decided to catch the train back to Windsor, this time we walked upriver, again enjoying the scenery in the sun. We eventually reached Maidenhead, again 8 miles from Windsor, so caught the train home in time for tea. Although I'm a Londoner through and through, I must admit it was really pleasant strolling alongside old Father Thames, through ancient villages that seem not to have changed for centuries. Couldn't wait to get back on the bike Tuesday though!
rural church


traditional house

queue at the lock

modern house


  1. EL D:

    Such a dilemma, go for a ride or take LF to the city for a walk. So with these two choices in mind, you snapped a photo of that Honda, but none of your LF ! Now you didn't say but are these photos snapped with your NEX, you know, the one which you kept boxed and said that you were going to start using

    you lucked out with a nice day for a stroll

    Riding the Wet Coast

  2. Bob, I'm embarrassed to say that these photos were taken with the Lumix, the NEX is still in the box! It's taking me time to conquer my fear of all the photos not coming out well. I'll use it soon, promise!

    It was a nice day! Hope Mrs bobskoot is doing well.
    Regards, El D

  3. Brilliant shot of Windsor Castle. I will visit this place next time around. The countryside pics of the houseboats and channels remind me of my childhood days spent with family I have in Hemel Hempstead.

  4. What a wonderful place for a walk. So much history over there you just don't see here.

    I wish I could go for a stroll and see a castle. Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a beautiful spot to walk ... loving the different "houses," castle included as we celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday this weekend (or use it as an excuse to kick off the summer with over indulgence! Any excuse to kick off the summer!)